It will have taken Harley-Davidson more than 115 years to launch its first ever fully electric motorcycle. Based on 2014 Livewire concept, it will be the first of its kind from the American manufacturer.
Though there are no detailed specifications available, Harley Davidson has released number of photographs. The first thing one notices about the bike is, it looks nothing like a traditional Harley. It has a more futuristic look. The Livewire has been styled quite similar to sports cruiser like the V-Rod, Yamaha VMax and Ducati Diavel. Instead of a thumping V-twin engine, Liverwire houses massive stacks of batteries and electric powerplant rumored to be named “HD Revelation” The Livewire concept features a 54kW three-phase AC election induction motor that produces 74bhp power and 70Nm torque. Harley Davidson has claimed a top speed of 148kmph with a dismal range of 80kmph in single charge. Harley has used trellis frame for Livewire, which according to Harley weighs only 6.3kg It will be first of a kind no clutch, twist and go platform designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport. Initially the bike will be available in US and European markets.
In addition to this, Harley has collaborated with San Francisco based Alta Motors, who specialize in high-performance electric dirt bikes for one of their upcoming electric model which will be light and agile a dirt-bike styled model, and the other would be an odd city commuter/moped style bike, both set to be released in 2022.
Harley Davidson has no plans to pull back on manufacturing big bikes and the new products will include more technology advanced touring and cruiser motorcycles. Harley Davidson plans to tap on the next generation of riders who are yet to even think of thrill of riding. With growing sales in Asia and India, Harley is developing bikes with 200-250cc engines to make them more accessible in these regions.